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RSL signs Monarchs GK Connor Sparrow to first-team contract

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Sparrow will step up as RSL’s third-choice ‘keeper.

Connor Sparrow, Real Monarchs goalkeeper John Engels

Real Monarchs goalkeeper Connor Sparrow has signed a contract with Real Salt Lake, according to a club-issued press release.

The move was widely expected following the departure of former RSL goalkeeper Lalo Fernandez to Liga MX side Tigres.

In the release, Sparrow cites his experience with Monarchs and calls the move up a reward for his success.

It's an exciting opportunity to join Real Salt Lake. The last two years have given me the opportunity to play in some high-quality, competitive matches. That's helped my progression and it's been really rewarding to have the success we've had with the Monarchs this season.

RSL general manager Craig Waibel said Sparrow’s development was the reason for his move.

Connor has put in the work. We saw potential in him coming out of college and he's done everything we've asked to help his own development and help the Monarchs be successful. We are proud of what he has done to this point and look forward to seeing his continued growth.